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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Aug 2, 2003.
Let me see, we have an autocratic regime based on a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that has ties to the people who actually planned and excucted the 9/11 attacks. This regime denies its citizens the most basic of rights based on sex, religion and status relative to a corrupt "royal" family. It still beheads people for "crimes" such as adultery. And this government is our ally?
At the very least there seems to be a lack of consitency from the Bush administration about their concerns around human rights? More likely, it just shows how the concerns for liberty only are important to Bush and Co. when they coincide with "larger geopolitical" goals.
The Bush administration has painted itself into a rhetorical corner. By making the Iraq war increasingly about terrorism and human rights, the question of our close ties to a nation that supports terrorism and denies human rights looks stunningly hypocritical. Some of the same charges could be made against Pakistan, which in addition to the above issues, is harboring Osama bin Ladin. Kind of makes the priorities look all screwed up.
The Saudi ambassador's visit to the White House last week, supposedly requesting the release of the redacted pages, looked at the time like a set-piece. He was begging for something safe in the knowledge that it would never happen. It was sort of the Brair Rabbit gambit in reverse. I thought so then at least, and now I'm fairly certain about it.